What could be better for an Autumn picnic than a scallop salad with summer’s harvest of butternut squash, and corn!
Throw in a bottle or two of wine, your favorite cheeses, a crusty baguette, and of course autumns apples and grapes, and you have yourself the makings of a “get-lost-afternoon” Sunday picnic.
Picnics in Autumn are a sweet kind of sad goodbye to summer. For this reason, the picnic should be extra special and reflect the foods labored over all summer long.
Fast, easy, and do-ahead salad which can be packed in individual mason jars, or small plastic bowls with lids.
This lovely salad is now ready to pack up for your picnic. If using plastic bowls, lay a lettuce leaf on the bottom and put your salad on top. Place lid and it is ready to transport.
If using mason jars, you can skip the lettuce and eat right out of the individual jars, just as you have seen me share back in the spring with my favorite Lunch In A Jar!
Harvest Time Always Means Corn
This scallop and butternut squash salad first started with corn. I love the sweet corn of Autumn and since it is growing all around where I live, I want as many corn dishes as I can have while it is freshly harvested.
If you are a corn lover, and I don’t mean frozen or canned; Farmer’s Market freshly picked corn is the sweetest vegetable happening in the kitchen. For this reason, I created Corn Ice Cream, which is tucked in my freezer as soon as corn is harvested and in my hands!
What To Put In An Autumn Harvest Salad?
With every imaginable type of squash taking over the fields at harvest time, I new the more manageable butternut squash was going into this salad.
Butternut squash is easy to peel, cut and quickly blanch or sauté for a variety of salads. It adds color and texture to our salad.
Corn, of course, is a must. Pop those corn cobs still in their husk into a large pot of boiling water and simmer for 15-minutes. Even better, toss them on the grill when cooking another meal. Cool, shuck and cut the sweet kernels off the cobs for a variety of recipes.
Harvest time is not for land only ingredients. Scallops are harvested throughout the summer and into the Autumn as well, so these plump sea creatures are going into this salad too for the perfect Autumn’s Harvested Salad!
- Butternut squash
- Spring onions
- Lime juice and zest
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Lettuce leaves – optional
- Large mixing bowl
- Large saute pan
- Cutting board
- Chopping knife
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Citrus press
- Slotted spoon
- Stovetop or burner
Autumn Harvest SaladCourse: Salads and Veggies, SeafoodCuisine: American
Autumn’s harvest of scallops, butternut squash and corn, tossed in a vibrant flavored salad.
Scallops – 2 lbs, cut in half
Butternut squash – 1 1/2 cups, peeled and cubed the same size as the scallops
Cooked corn – 2 cups
Spring onion – 3, chopped fine
Celery – 2 stalks, chopped fine
Cilantro – 1 cup, chopped
Lime juice and zest – 2 tbsp juice, 1 tsp zest
Olive oil – 1/4 cup
Salt and pepper to taste
Lettuce leaves – 4 large, optional
- Salt and pepper the scallops along with the zest of a lime. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a pan and sauté the scallops. When the scallops lose their opaque color and look firm, remove them from the pan and cool.
- Toss the cubed (cut the size of the scallops), butternut into the same pan and sauté on all sides, add just a little water into the pan and place the lid on to steam the butternut until soft. Remove.
- In a bowl, gently toss the scallops, corn, butternut, cilantro, celery, spring onion, remaining olive oil, lime juice and seasoning to taste.
- Divide into individual containers for the picnic or serve on plates for an outdoor lunch at home.